Instant Cream of _____ Soup Mix

2 c. nonfat dry milk

3/4 c. cornstarch

1 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/4 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients and store in airtight container. To use for soup, combine 1/3 c. of mix and 1 1/2 c. chicken broth, mushroom broth, vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, stirring often.

(mushroom broth can be made by saving the stems from fresh mushrooms and keeping in the freezer, when you’ve collected a bagful, just cover with water and simmer for about an hour. Store the broth in smaller bottles in your freezer)

*I’ve never made this for cream of celery soup, but I imagine you could do the same as you would with the mushrooms.

*To keep an on hand supply of instant cream of chicken in the winter for a nice warm cup of soup I add to the above ingredients 1/4 c. chicken boullion granules . Just combine 2-3 Tablespoons of the mix with 2/3 to 3/4 c. boiling water (depending on how thick you like your soup).

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Sidewalk chalk

recycled toilet paper tubes or dixie cups

1 c. plaster of paris

almost 1/2 c. cool water

2-3  T. liquid acrylic paint

If using recycled toilet paper tubes, securely cover one end with plastic wrap or wax paper and secure with a rubber band.  Pour plaster of  paris in a disposable container, an old cool whip container works just fine. Using a paint stick (free from the paint store) or plastic utensil , stir in most of water. Add paint and mix well. Add a little more water as mixture thickens. Stir well and quickly pour into dixie cups or toilet paper tubes that have one end covered. Allow to dry 24 hours. Peel off paper and you have sidewalk chalk!

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Almost Oxi-Clean

1 c. hot water

1/2 c. baking soda

1/2 c. hydrogen peroxide

Mix well and use immediately. Recipe can be halved or quartered. Mixture will not keep, make only what is needed and use promptly. Mixture will bubble up quite a bit when peroxide and baking soda are combined together.

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Dishwasher Detergent

1/2 c. liquid castile soap

1/2 c. water

1 t. bottled lemon juice

1/4 c. white vinegar

3 drops tea tree oil

Combine all ingredients together and stir until well mixed. Use 2 Tablespoons per load.

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Liquid Pump Soap

2 c. mild laundry soap flakes

10 oz. hot water

2 T. baby oil

In a 1 qt. bowl mix together with a long handled spoon until well combined. Transfer to a recycled 24 oz soap pump bottle.

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Homemade Soft Scrub

1/2 c. baking soda

liquid soap (enough to make a frosting like consistency)

5 drops of essential oil, tea tree, lavender or rosemary

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A Mother’s Heart Walks

She turned 16 yesterday. This morning at approximately 10:45, our state granted her a drivers license.

A mother’s heart walks out the door every time a child leaves the house. You would think I would be a little more at ease this time around. She’s not the first in this household to get a drivers license, to leave the home without an adult. But it’s not any easier. Do I trust Him a little more ?  I think so– I hope so.

Now that the oldest is an adult, I, we both, still go into a frenzy if she is more than 15 minutes late. Though, they all are good about calling to let us know if they are running late. Still, a mother’s heart walks where her children walk.  And now it sees 16 from a 40 year old rear view mirror.

One child from this home still awaits to go through this milestone… I wonder…how much more can my heart take. I wait to see the days when their hearts walk. As for this mother, I think mine will never stop walking. It’s a good thing though. There is grace for every need.

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